About Us

Helping thousands of individuals with hearing loss and balance disorders

Who We Are

In 1979, the Ear Research Foundation was established as a non-profit organization by President and Founder, Dr. Herbert Silverstein. The Foundation was created out of his desire to continue research and development, and to contribute to medical education in a private setting in the field of Otolaryngology. A board of volunteer Trustees drawn from the community governs the Foundation. A medical advisory board of specialists from around the world lends guidance and support.


What We Do

The Ear Research Foundation has three primary areas of focus

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Research and Development

  • Continued advancements in microsurgery of the ear
  • Testing of new drugs and therapies for hearing loss and balance disorders
  • New understanding of otologic disease processes
  • Complete microsurgical laboratory and audiovisual and scientific library for ear physicians and surgeons

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  • Annual professional symposia, conferences and public lectures covering a variety of common and unusual ear conditions
  • One-year, post-residency, fellowship training program
  • Many Fellowship graduates are in academic medicine and leaders in the field of Otology and Neurotology

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Community Care

  • Free hearing screenings are provided for pre-school children, health fairs, civic and other non-profit organizations 
  • The Help Us Hear program provides financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, surgical reconstructions, or implants
  • Raising of special focus funds to assist in financing care for specific needs

Help Us Expand Our Outreach

The Ear Research Foundation exists through the generosity of many individuals following the example of its founder. Tax-deductible donations underwrite the work of the Foundation and allow it to expand its important outreach. 

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Board of Directors
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Geoffrey A. Frazier
Chairman of the Board


Jack Wazen, MD, FACS
Vice President,
Director of Research 


Seth Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Vice President,
Director of Education

T. Raymond Suplee, CPA

Eileen Hampshire 

Richard Pocker

Charles Githler, III

Eric Hoonhout, Esq.

David Silverstein

Kevin Coscia, Esq.

Neil Nayak, MD

Ty Wilkinson

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